At the northern tip of Lake Huron is a majestic camping destination called Manitoulin Island (translated to “God’s Island” in native Ojibwe language). The location is home to the largest freshwater island in the world, making it a luscious sanctuary for trails, festivals and wildlife.
Locals who live on the island have made a lifetime commitment to preserve its history, natural sites and green forests. Amenities are basic, but once you arrive, the last thing you’ll be reaching for is a laptop or smartphone (unless you’re taking a photo).
Just to give you an idea of how remote the region is- reliable cellular and broadband services that you’re used to having at home will be installed in the area by 2017, thanks to a series of generous investments.
Great for Hikers and Campers
Manitoulin Island is 1,068 square miles of pure outdoor bliss. Trails range from smooth (great for children) to edgy and downright dangerous. Bridal Veil Falls is a must-see for all tourists. It’s a circular waterfall that spills over the end of a deep rock basin. You can actually swim through the falls if you don’t mind getting wet. The Cup and Saucer Trail is one of the most popular paths in the area. Be prepared to get lost in fields of wild flowers and breathtaking scenery. The unmarked tracks and lack of pointers add to the experience of exploring the trail.
What Is There to Do on the Island?
There are plenty of activities and scenic hotspots that can help you create your own personal memories with the island. To start, the Gore Bay and Central Manitoulin Historical Society Pioneer Museum shines light on the heritage of the region and provides fun insights on traditional pioneer living.
As you make your way around, you’ll notice that there are several vintage lighthouses strategically sprinkled around the haven. Each lighthouse offers a unique view of the island, from the city to spectacular lakes. The endless parks are perfect for days when you don’t have anything planned.
If you’re in the city, be sure to check out some of the art exhibits, local auctions and friendly fishing competitions. The three golf courses in area are the following: Brookwood Brae Golf Course, Rainbow Ridge Golf Course and Manitoulin Island Golf Course.
There are three entry points for individuals who want to visit the island. First, you can drive along highway 6, which will eventually lead you to an iconic swing bridge, taking you into Little Current and to your destination. If you’re into road trips, this option is worth looking into.
Ferrying between Tobermory and South Baymouth is the MS Chi-Cheemaun (operates from May to October annually). During the summer, services reach up to four times daily, and two times for spring and fall. For those who want to take the most direct way into the vacation island, there are two airports to choose from located in Gore Bay, and between Little Current and Manitowaning.
Air services are facilitated by Huron North.